Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 5, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Athens drops District 15-3A opener to Canton, 59-34

Joe Elerson
Athens Daily Review

Athens — The Athens Lady Hornets opened District 15-3A play Friday night looking to gain some early momentum towards a postseason berth.

The Canton Eaglettes (11-11, 1-0), meanwhile, had other plans during a 59-34 win at AHS Gymnasium.

AHS (7-14, 0-1) jumped out to an early 5-2 lead early in the opening quarter as senior guard Demi Cumby capitalized on a Canton turnover for the easy lay-up.

Following a free throw by Cumby on their next possession, the Canton defense tightened up and held the Lady Hornets scoreless for over eight minutes to take a 29-6 lead.

AHS was able to break the scoring drought as Cumby nailed a free-throw with 3:41 remaining in the opening half. She finished the game with 11 points.

Canton was able to force Athens into key turnovers and nailed four three-pointers in the opening half.

The Eaglettes relied on a full-court press and found ways to get in the Lady Hornets passing lanes throughout the first half to coast to a big lead at the intermission.

The Lady Hornets trailed, 37-13, at the half and continued to have problems trying to figure out how to score against an aggressive Canton defense in the second half. Canton outscored Athens, 22-20, in the final 16 minutes.

Junior Josee McNeece finished with eight points for the Lady Hornets, while teammates Bryla Barker had seven points and sophomore Hadley Cain scored four points.

Canton was led by junior Kassidy Wilkerson with a game-high 15 points.

The Lady Hornets return to action Tuesday when they host the Van Lady Vandals. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 6:15 p.m.

In the junior varsity opener, the Athens Lady Hornets lost to Canton 73-10.